The inspiration for the major motion picture Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.
The first novel in John le Carré's celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.
The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement - especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
The feature film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features a cast that includes Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).
©2011 John le Carre (P)2011 Penguin
The first two hours of this book were a complete waste of time and in my opinion did nothing to add to the story. Now with that said, you're either going to like this book or not. I fall into the latter camp. It isn't a bad book but it's not an action story and requires you to really listen to it and pay attention (which I do with all my audio books), otherwise you can get lost quite easily.
Maybe I've read too many books but I found the story line very simplistic and predictable.
It revolves around finding a mole within the spy agency label as the "circus". An analytical mind may find this story appealing.
If it wasn't for the fact that I always listen or read a story once I purchase it, I would have left it after those first two hours of listening.
Based on this book, I would not
I believe he set the tone of this novel quiet well but honestly he puts me to sleep. He has one of those voices that are easy to listen to but can lull you. Based on this performance alone, which is the only time I've ever heard him, It doesn't seem like he has a wide range of voices as I've heard from others.
I would have cut out the first two hours.
Yes probably so.
The Godfather; at times methodical but very well constructed.
Not really; One sitting is a bit of a stretch but there were times when I did not want to stop.
It was all very interesting
I listened to this book over multiple sittings.
Very interesting to listen to.
I might try another from John Le Carre, but will pass on Michael Jayston.
Heavy British accent and manner of speech were too much for me.
I love mysteries, conspiracies, and spies, but I struggled to finish this book. I downloaded the book because I intended to watch the movie. It was a good thing that I did or I never would have understood the movie. (The movie was worse than the book.) The plot of this novel is confusing and the characters are flat and uninteresting. Narrator Michael Jayston did an excellent job with difficult material.
Written for a person who prefers a spy book writen at a painfully slow pace without any violence or action of any kind.
Honorable School Boy was a good listen but I have to say that I will never listen to any of his books again.
The narrator did a good job at reading such a terrible novel.
Angry that I wasted my Audile credit on this very disappointing book. I am sure I have listened to at least a hundred thrillers over the past few years that I mostly download from our public library and I have never felt the need to ever write a review until now.
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